As a result of COVID-19, we are all living a little less healthy now than we used to. Physical inactivity is down slightly, but many people are dropping out of exercise programs or avoiding activities they perceive as ‘hazardous.’ We don’t yet know the long-term effects that this will have on our bodies or whether these negative perceptions will turn into reality. If you want to stay active during this pandemic, here are some tips from an expert.
Find a creative way of exercising.
There is no need to join a gym if you don’t feel comfortable yet. Physical activity can be as simple as walking miles. Some people find it easy to find physical activity in the small things they do every day. These include taking the stairs when possible, going for a swim, or engaging in light exercise such as exercising on your feet. Others need more motivation to get moving. Exercise can be gained in a variety of ways. Some people find strength and stability in their spine by taking a yoga class or using a swing. The secret is to find something you enjoy.
Take care of your mental health
Physical health is often linked to psychological health. It can be hard to know if you have the right balance between the two, but there are some tell-tell signs of straining your mental muscles. You might feel tired and groggy at night or have trouble concentrating. You may have difficulty sleeping or disturbing dreams. These are all symptoms of psychological stress and should be addressed by seeking professional help.
Mind your eating habits
Eat mindfully is a great way to learn and change how you eat. Being mindful of what you’re consuming isn’t only about making conscious decisions about what you’re putting into your body; it’s also about being aware of where your energy goes and how it can be spent more productively.